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The Coaching Manual: The Definitive Guide to the Process, Principles and Skills of Personal Coaching, Second edition by Julie Starr

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Chapter 5. Barriers to coaching

As important as what a good coach does is what a good coach doesn’t do. There are a number of pitfalls even the most experienced coach might fall into that can impair the quality of coaching. For example, the coach needs to maintain a level of influence in the conversation but must be careful not to control it. The coach must stay committed to the goals of the coachee but not become attached to them over time. In this chapter, we look at limiting behaviours or beliefs that obstruct effective coaching. By using the word ‘barrier’, we’re simply looking at things that get in the way of good coaching practice.

Physical and environmental barriers

Some barriers include things relating to the coaching environment, e.g. the ...

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